First off, nice site with tons of information. So much so that I think my head is spinning out of control.
Okay, so here's the deal. I haven't been into car audio in quite sometime. Suddenly I have the urge to build another system and by the looks of things, technology has really passed me by. I am going to list a few of the thoughts in my head and am looking for some solid advice/criticism on this new system.
I own a 2003 Dodge Ram quad cab for starters. I currently have 2 10"subs under the back seat and I want to reclaim that space for other things. More on this later.
1. H.U. Looking at either the ALPINE 9835 or the PIONEER 9600 What would your choice be and why? I never have been a big fan of PIONEER but they seem to have really upped the ante according to the research I've done. I also like the ability of the PIONEER to plug in the supplied microphone to fit the sound to your vehicle's acoustics. I was intrigued by this.
2. AMPS. I seem to have fallen for the ARC AUDIO amps. I like the 4150xxk for the componets and the 2500xxk for the sub. I pretty much have made my mind up on these 2 amps.......I think????????????
3. SUB (one 12") I really like the ADIRE BRAHMA and RE XXX. They both look like they will fit the 2500xxk amp nicely. Am I missing something here or am I right to think that? The reason for the single 12" sub is this. I am building a custom box to take place of the center console area of my truck and I'm limited in space. The best I can do is a .88 cubed box sealed. I don't want anything to stand out in the truck and this box will end up looking like the original seat when finished. This is very important to me.
4. Still undecided on front componets. I like the ......oh who am I kidding? I like a bunch of them and don't even know where to begin. I could really use some advice here. Maybe in the ~$300 range? Something to match the 4150xxk amp. Also, what should I do in the rear doors? More componets for fill? I've always heard that was a no-no but it seems I'm seeing more and more lately. And with good results. Whatever goes back there will also be connected to the 4150xxk.
Here's a list of the items I have installed now. Just curious if I'm making the right move to improve both SPL and SQ.
H.U: Kenwood Z910DVD
Front comps: Cadence ???? (I don't remember what model but they are about middle of the pack if I remember right)
Rear fill: Pioneer coaxial (again don't remember model but they were cheap at the time)
AMP #1: Alpine MRP-F240 for front and rears. Maybe about 40 watts per channel?
AMP #2: MTX 4250D for the 2 10" subs (roughly 125 watts?)
Subs: MTX Thunder 6000's in a cheapo prefab box.
To anybody that has made it this far, Thanks for reading all this and letting me rid my head of all this info. I look forward to reading your responses.